It’s always fun to get ready for a trip. Preparing for your next vacation is as simple as packing up your favorite Dupont lighter and folding your swimsuits. However, business trip preparations are filled with a different kind of excitement: worry. In what ways can you prepare, and what should you expect? To be well-equipped for any networking situation or home office problem, there are a few things you should never leave home without, which are as follows:
Of course, you should bring some of your business cards with you whenever you travel for work, but you should also bring extra cards from your closest co-workers and colleagues. You must have the details of your referral sources at your disposal. Finding ways to assist others is a great networking strategy.
Don’t give out your business card when you are still smelling strong. Keep breath mints on hand and chew on them often, especially after eating, to prevent bad breath and a bad impression on your clients. And if you have to chew anything while in the meeting, choose mints over gums to avoid distracting smacking noises.
A Pen and a Notepad
You should always have one good pen and notepad so that you may jot down any new information you pick up from a client. You should not have to dig around at the bottom of your briefcase to get a pen or notebook during meetings. Moreover, asking a new co-worker for a pen might turn out as unprofessional and cause an uncomfortable silence. So, always carry the pen you often keep handy in your pocket, such as a Cross ballpoint pen.
A Pair of Pants, a Blazer or Jacket, and a Bunch of Shirts
Sometimes, when traveling to more remote locations, you’ll need to wear the attire of a business executive. For most business activities, however, you can get by with only one great pair of pants and one decent blazer or jacket, as well as a few shirts to put under them for temperature and lighting variation.
Whether you’re leaving on a last-minute business trip or preparing for a conference overseas over the course of five days, a business trip requires a different set of things than a leisurely getaway. So, do not forget to pack at least the things mentioned above.